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A selection of winners from the best novel category for 3 different awards for the past 10 years. For more information, including a more extensive list of past winners and nominees, see the Agatha Awards, Edgar Awards and the Anthony Awards.

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  Cover Art: Birds of a Feather Winspear, Jacqueline
Birds of a Feather
[Agatha Award 2004] It is now the early Spring of 1930. Detective Inspector Stratton of Scotland Yard is a investigating a murder case in Coulsdon, while Maisie Dobbs has been summoned to Dulwich to find a runaway heiress. The woman is the daughter of Joseph Waite, a wealthy self-made man who has lavished her with privilege but kept her in a gilded cage. His domineering ways have driven her off before, and now she's bolted again. Waite's instructions are to find his daughter and bring her home. When Maisie looks into the disappearance she's finds a chilling link to Stratton's murder case, and to the terrible legacy of The Great War.
2005
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Citizen Vince Walter, Jess
Citizen Vince
[Edgar Award 2006] It's the fall of 1980, and Vince Camden, a small time hood in the Witness Protection program, is spotted in Spokane, Washington. Vince bolts to New York's Lower East Side, but finds that it's not so easy to hide. At this point, all Vince wants is a second chance.
2005
Adult Fiction
  Cover Art: A Question of Honor Todd, Charles
A Question of Honor
[Agatha Award 2013 - Best Historical] While tending to the wounded on the battlefields of France during World War I, Bess Crawford discovers that the officer who killed five people in India and England is still alive, and, setting out to clear her father's name, instead makes a horrific discovery that changes everything.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Wrong Girl Ryan, Hank Phillippi
The Wrong Girl
[Agatha Award 2013 - Best Contemporary]...a spine-chilling, heart-wrenching suspense novel that explores a terrifying scenario striking at the heart of every family. Does a respected adoption agency have a frightening secret? Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal-- reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Virgin of Small Plains Pickard, Nancy
The Virgin of Small Plains
[Agatha Award 2006] Seventeen years after the discovery of a female murder victim near Small Plains, Kansas, the girl's grave has become the source of strange miracles and legends, until the return of prodigal son Mitch Newquist threatens to bring old secrets to light.
2006
Adult Mystery
  Cover Art: A Trick of the Light Penny, Louise
A Trick of the Light
[Anthony Award 2012] Investigating a murder at a solo artist's Quebec village home, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team encounter deceptive nuances in the art world that distort every clue they find with tales of duality and broken hearts.
2011
Adult Mystery
  Cover Art: The Brutal Telling Penny, Louise
The Brutal Telling
[Agatha Award 2009, Anthony Award 2010] A stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store and all clues point to bistro owner Olivier being the killer. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets long buried--but not forgotten.
2009
Adult Mystery
  Cover Art: Bury Your Dead Penny, Louise
Bury Your Dead
[Agatha Award 2010, Anthony Award 2011] An obsessive historian's quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it? Although he is supposed to be on leave, Chief Inspector Gamache cannot walk away from a crime that threatens to ignite long-smoldering tensions between the English and the French. Meanwhile, he is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder.
2010
Adult Mystery
  Cover Art: The Cruelest Month Penny, Louise
The Cruelest Month
[Agatha Award 2008] Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Su^rete´ du Que´bec is called to investigate the death of a villager at an Easter se´ance that was held at the Old Hadley House.
2008
Adult Mystery Book
  Cover Art: A Fatal Grace Penny, Louise
A Fatal Grace
[Agatha Award 2007] Sent to a village south of Montreal to investigate the death of CC de Poitiers, an extremely unpopular woman apparently killed in an electrical accident, Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec finds that nearly everyone in town had a motive to kill her.
2007
Adult Mystery
  Cover Art: The Beautiful Mystery Penny, Louise
The Beautiful Mystery
[Agatha Award 2012 - Best Contemporary, Anthony Award 2013] When a peaceful monastery in Que´bec is shattered by the murder of their renowned choir director, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sa~urete du Que´bec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.
2012
Adult Mystery
  Cover Art: California Girl Parker, T. Jefferson
California Girl
[Edgar Award 2005] The Orange County, California, that the Becker brothers knew as boys is no more--unrecognizably altered since the afternoon in 1954 when Nick, Clay, David, and Andy rumbled with the lowlife Vonns, while five-year-old Janelle Vonn watched from the sidelines. The new decade has ushered in the era of Johnson, hippies, John Birchers, and LSD. Clay becomes a casualty of a far-off jungle war. Nick becomes a cop, Andy a reporter, David a minister. And a terrible crime touches them all in ways they could never have anticipated when the mutilated corpse of teenage beauty queen Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned warehouse.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Body in the Snowdrift : a Faith Fairchild Mystery Page, Katherine Hall
The Body in the Snowdrift : a Faith Fairchild Mystery
[Agatha Award 2005] Award-winning author Katherine Hall Page is one of the reigning queens of the traditional mystery. Now, in this fifteenth mystery in her much-beloved Faith Fairchild series, she takes us to the blustery slopes of a Vermont ski resort, where murder makes an unwelcome appearance at the Fairchild family reunion. When caterer Faith Fairchild learns of her father-in-law's plan to celebrate his seventieth birthday by treating his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren to a weeklong stay at the Pine Slopes resort, her reaction is mixed. Yes, she likes to ski and yes, she loves the kin of her husband, the Reverend Thomas Fairchild, but both in smaller and shorter doses. The Fairchilds have been coming to the ski area since Tom and his siblings were toddlers and are old friends of the owners, the Staffords. All starts well as the family settles into neighboring condos, until Faith discovers a body on one of the cross-country trails -- the apparent victim of a heart attack. Then Pine Slopes' star chef vanishes without a trace. One catastrophe follows another: a malicious prank at the sports center, a break-in at the Fairchild condo, and one of the chairlifts is sabotaged. Who is the mysterious woman living in the "gingerbread cottage" deep in the woods? And what are adolescents Ophelia Stafford and Faith's nephew Scott -- filled with angst and anger -- up to? Family secrets abound and family dynamics explode. Then one morning skiers arrive and are horror-stricken to find the slopes covered with patches of red snow, the result of a body falling, or being pushed, into the water supply for the snow-making guns. Faith must get to the bottom of the crime spree if she wants to salvage the reunion, prevent the closing of Pine Slopes -- and save her own life.
2005
Adult Mystery Book
  Cover Art: Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder McPherson, Catriona
Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder
[Agatha Award 2012 - Best Historical] "Dandy is caught between two feuding families who run rival department stores. Dandy's services are needed when the heiress to one of the stores goes missing. As Dandy starts to unravel the long-hidden family secrets, she begins to discover disturbing connections and it's not long before danger abounds."--Dust jacket.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Three-day Town Maron, Margaret
Three-day Town
[Agatha Award 2011 - Best Contemporary] While in New York, Judge Deborah Knott has been asked to deliver a package to Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD. Sigrid offers to swing by the apartment with her husband to pick up the box, but when they reach the apartment, they discover that the box is missing and the doorman has been murdered.
2011
Adult Mystery
  Cover Art: No Good Deeds Lippman, Laura
No Good Deeds
[Anthony Award 2007] The unsolved murder of a prosecutor becomes too personal when her boyfriend brings home a street kid who holds an important key to the case. She finds out how far official authorities will go to get their way. Soon she's facing felony charges, and the boy has gone into hiding beyond her reach.
2006
Adult Mystery
  Cover Art: What the Dead Know Lippman, Laura
What the Dead Know
[Anthony Award 2008] Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found...Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters. But her involuntary admission and subsequent attempt to stonewall investigators only deepens the mystery...In a story that moves back and forth across the decades, there is only one person who dares to be skeptical of a woman who wants to claim the identity of one Bethany sister without revealing the fate of the other. Will he be able to discover the truth?
2007
Adult Mystery
  Cover Art: Live By Night Lehane, Dennis
Live By Night
[Edgar Award 2013] In 1926, during the Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Cuba where he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream...But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns battle for control, no one can be trusted. For men like Joe one fate seems more likely than all others, an early death.
2012
Adult Fiction
  Cover Art: Blood Hollow Krueger, William Kent
Blood Hollow
[Anthony Award 2005] When the corpse of a beautiful high school student is discovered on a hillside four months after her disappearance on New Year's Eve, all evidence points to her boyfriend, local bad boy Solemn Winter Moon. Despite Solemn's self-incriminating decision to go into hiding, Cork O'Connor, Aurora's former sheriff, isn't about to hang the crime on the kid, whom O'Connor is convinced is innocent.
2004
Adult Mystery
  Cover Art: Mercy Falls Krueger, William Kent
Mercy Falls
[Anthony Award 2006] Lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine domestic disturbance call, Cork finds himself the target of a sniper's deadly fire. He has little time to worry about his own precarious situation, however. Soon after the shooting, he's called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls...Now Cork must deal with a high-profile murder contaminated with the blood of the rich and powerful. Murder, greed, sex, and jealousy all play a part in the maze of danger and intrigue Cork is caught in.
2005
Adult Mystery
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